Found November 17, 2011 on Blue Seat Blogs:

Per Larry Brooks, there is good news on the Marc Staal injury front. Staal has been cleared for “light physical activity”, which is a step in the right direction for his overall healing process. Out for the entire season thus far with post concussion symptoms, Staal had experienced major headaches after tough workouts in the preseason, and was forced to completely shut it down for the month of October.

Despite the fact that Staal has been absent for the entire season, the Rangers have done extremely well. Currently riding a seven game win streak, Staal’s minutes have been given to Ryan McDonagh, who has more than answered the call for his team. Dan Girardi is having an All Star caliber year, and Michael Del Zotto has assumed the role of a top-four defenseman.

As good as the top four has been, is as unreliable as the bottom pairing has been. Steve Eminger has been awful, Jeff Woywitka has been inconsistent, and Brendal Bell is no longer with the club. Anton Stralman has yet to see a game, but he is hopefully going to provide some stability to the bottom pairing. If Stralman succeeds, and the Rangers get Staal back sometime soon, then the Rangers could have one of the best blue lines in hockey.


Marc Staal Making Strides... But Not Too Far

As I added into this morning's article on Brad Richards, defenseman Marc Staal has been cleared for light physical activity by his concussion specialist according to Larry Brooks in the New York Post. Staal, as you know, has been on shutdown for the past month after suffering from relapse post-concussion symptoms in training camp back in September. That means he hasn't been...

Avery Still Frustrated with Lack of Impartiality from Officials

Sean Avery still knows how to grab attention and stir things up in hockey games, but since being recalled from the AHL this season, he's been a much more level-headed player than we've seen in the past. In other words, he's been playing within the rules set forth by the league, however he still has encountered unfair bias against him when it comes to the NHL's officials...

Photo: Brad Richards Wearing The Broadway Hat

… Richards totally deserved the honor of receiving the Broadway Hat after last night’s game winning goal against the Islanders to help the Rangers win their 7th game in a row.  Should Olivia Munn get an assist? I say HELL YES! 

John Tortorella Postgame: It Wasn’t Perfect But It’s Still A Win

… Torts is right, a win is a win. It was a sloppy win but it still counts in the standings.  Hopefully with the downtime between games over the next 2 weeks the Rangers will concentrate more on the Power Play in practice. If the Rangers could consistently be good on the PP they will [...]

Lesson Learned - Rangers @ Islanders (Sorta?) Post Game Thoughts…

That’s gotta be the first time i’ve ever seriously thought the Rangers have had more fans than the actual home team. Not just a few more fans, but far and away more fans. It honestly sounded louder than at the Garden in favor of the Rangers, which is just mind boggling to the nth degree. The Rangers should have learned their lesson from the previous time they played...

Hank Admits He Can Get Drawn into Montreal Atmosphere

After today's practice Henrik Lundqvist said this about his recent struggles in Montreal (via Rangers Twitter account)..."Sometimes I think you can get drawn too much into the atmosphere there."The Rangers have lost six of their last seven in Montreal....i always feel that once things start rolling downhill for the Rangers in Montreal they can't stop it. A big reason...

Lucky Seven: Rangers Keep Rolling

Brad Richards is taking to life as a big star in New York quite well. He's showing up in Page Six for squiring starlets around town on his nights off and leading the Rangers to wins when he's working, something that's known as Jetering around these parts. Well, it's not really known as Jetering, but it should be especially when the Rangers are as hot as they are right...

Richards vs. Me for @TheBroadwayHat

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Rangers extend win streak

This was a case of the big-time player making the big-time play. This was a case of Page Six Brad Richards stepping up when the Rangers required it. For it was Richards who overpowered Evgeni Nabokov with a left-circle slap shot at 15:05 of the third to break a...

Highlights From Tuesday’s Rangers Win Over The Islanders

… a win is a win. It was a sloppy game overall but the Rangers found a way to win their 7th in a row. They ALWAYS have a hard time against the Isles no matter how bad the Isles are at that time. 

Save of the Year for Lundqvist?

Last night during my post game thoughts I stated that Henirk Lundqvist's second period diving save on P.A. Parenteau could be save of the year. Looks like Brandon Dubinsky agrees... #embedly_twitter_88150148{background:url( #C0DEED; padding:20px;} #embedly_twitter_88150148 p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px...

Icy hot feeling OK with Torts

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Connecticut Whale 3, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2 (OT)

By Brian Ring Hartford, CT, November 18, 2011 - Defenseman Brendan Bell’s breakaway goal with 6.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday night at the XL Center. The win pushed the Whale (8-4-1-2) into first place in the Northeast Division with 19 points. David Ullstrom had two goals for the Sound Tigers, while Bridgeport...
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